The INL site consists of 890-square miles of land and is a critical component to the Department of Energy-Idaho's understanding of environmental resources in southeast Idaho. While the legal obligation and responsibility to address any potential impacts to these environmental resources falls on DOE-ID, the ESER team provides ecological support for land management issues at the INL. ESER's objectives in the area of service and support to DOE-ID are:
- Perform and interpret vegetation surveys.
- Perform wildlife surveys.
- Conduct field investigations and offer ecological recommendations for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
- Assess the impacts of natural phenomena at the INL, including fire, drought, and cyclical weather patterns.
- Serve as point-of-contact for the exchange of technical information with Native American Tribes, and State and Federal land management and wildlife agencies.